Ohaus vs. RCBS

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Capt. D, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. Capt. D

    Capt. D Well-Known Member

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    Loading the other night I was shocked to watch my digital scale drift .4 grains with only an empty powder cup on it. I borrowed an Ohaus 10.0.5 beam scale and was amazed. Scale was dead on with check weights and zeroed flawlessly. Now I want one. Can't find one, new that is. Is the RCBS 1010 the equivalent only with a caliper style tenth adjustment. Or better yet does anyone have an Ohaus that they would part with.
     

  2. Mikecr

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  3. Capt. D

    Capt. D Well-Known Member

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    Mikecr
    I did see that one and am considering bidding on it. I do like the micrometer type tenth adjustment on the RCBS 1010 but was wondering if the RCBS scale was as good. Although I do see that I will probably be able to pick this one up for much less.
     
  4. Mikecr

    Mikecr Well-Known Member

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    I don't know. I use a ChargeMaster.
     
  5. dbhostler

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    My RCBS 304 is made by Ohaus. Double beam magnetic dampening.
    db
     
  6. dirtball

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    I have been using an RCBS 10-10 for years, and every time I start to think about buying one of the electronic combo's I read another post like yours and stay with my 10-10.
    BUT be careful, the older RCBS 10-10's were made by Ohaus, but the newer ones are not.
    If you turn the scale over it should say Ohaus, Florham Park, NJ.

    Dave
     
  7. Aldon

    Aldon Well-Known Member

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    I went the router of Ebay and bought an original Ohaus. I have never felt the need to purchase anything else.

    If I did, there is a fella on Accurate Shooter forum that sells the older ones all super tuned up that all the guys on that forum that use them swear by......
     
  8. Capt. D

    Capt. D Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys
    that gives ma a warmer fuzzy so to speak.

    Aldon
    Could you give me the contact info for the guy on accurate shooter, just in case I mess this ebay thing up. Never bought anything there before.
     
  9. boomtube

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    Ohaus has made most reloading beam scales for decades, Lyman, RCBS, Dillon and probably Hornady and Redding. No matter, they are all excellant in performance and highly reliable.

    I lived most of my working life as an electronic instrument techician in the space/defense programs. There are no electronic gadgets on my loading bench and there won't be unless someone gives me one - and then I'd only use it to weigh cases, not powder.
     
  10. jmden

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    10-10s are still made by Ohaus, they are just now made in Mexico. I know--I just bought one several months ago, called Scott Parker to have it tuned, and after talking to him, took it back. His expericnce with the Mexican made models is that some are good, some OK and some terrible. In other words, a consistently high level of workmanship does not seem to be being maintained with the Mexican made models.

    Scott Parker, the well known scale master, who sells very finely tuned scales or tunes yours if it's a model he will tune, will not even try to calibrate the new 10-10s. The scale that Scott sent me is a 1960's Redding Model #2. This scale and a similar era Lyman (I think it was) are the two models he prefers the most. The scale I have from him has two weights (not using the right term here...) and not three, like many scales now have. 3 moving weights is much more difficult to tune than 2 weights so he prefers the 2 moving weight versions. This old Redding Model 2 I now have is incredibly sensitive.

    Another tip I learned from him that I should've already known and feel stupid for not fully thinking it through, is that if you are trickling powder into you scale and go over the desired charge weight at all, dump the entire pan out and start over for the best consistency. There's some good mechanical reasons for doing this if you are concerned about that level of powder charge accuracy.
     
  11. Aldon

    Aldon Well-Known Member

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    This is the fellow who reworks beam scales....

    Scott Parker
    vld223@yahoo.com
    661 364-1199
     
  12. Sully2

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    My 10-10 must be an old one...since Ive had it more than 30 years!
     
  13. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    My Lyman/Ohaus M5 was new in '65, it's still dead on and going strong. But that's also true of my Herter's MS-4 of the same period. And my Lee Safety Scale that's only about 8 years old - but it's so light it's PITA to use!
     
  14. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    my rcbs 505 is also an ohaus. I got it in a rockchucker(old style) kit 7 or 8 years ago. Dang good scale. My pops has an old ohaus that still says it on top. I think it's the 505 type.